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Africa Water Week 2018: Inclusive urban WASH services under climate change




November 26, 2018


Future Climate for Africa hosted a technical breakout session on “Inclusive and sustainable urban water, sanitation and drainage services under climate change – lessons from African cities” at the 7th Africa Water Week in Libreville (Gabon), from 29 October – 2 November, 2018.

The session drew together the latest research findings with the lived experiences of flooding and sanitation in several African cities. Speakers included experts across several international research programmes focused on climate change and African urban WASH contexts, as well as local city representatives.

The objectives of the session were to:

  • Share lessons on how climate change may alter current good practice for ensuring inclusive and sustainable urban sanitation, and experiences on enhancing water and sanitation resilience to climate change. The session drew on learning from African urban contexts, including Kisumu (Kenya), Kampala (Uganda), Lusaka (Zambia), eThekwini (South Africa), and Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso).
  • Promote discussion on approaches to integrate climate change considerations into WASH sector decision making.

The session was hosted through a series of virtual presentations and short videos, available below.


1. Presentation: Climate change and sustainable sanitation in Africa – An introduction – Prof. Barbara Evans, University of Leeds


2. Video: Experiences from the city of Kisumu, Kenya – Mathew Okello & Felgona Atieno


3. Presentation: Integrating climate change into water and sanitation infrastructure – Dr James Cullis, Aurecon


4. Video: Experiences from the city of Lusaka, Zambia – Multiple contributors


5. Presentation: Integrating climate information into urban planning decisions in Lusaka – Dr Chris Jack, University of Cape Town


6. Video: Experiences from the city of eThekwini, South Africa – Multiple contributors